Past Dialogues

COVID-19 and Respiratory Illness: A Research & Treatment Update

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The COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact us all. National Jewish Health has been on the front lines of this fight in both New York and Denver. Now, in addition to establishing a COVID-19 Recovery Clinic to help patients from around the country, National Jewish Health researchers have initiated more than 70 research projects designed to help us better understand the disease and its impact on our most vulnerable patient population. Anthony Gerber, MD, PhD, will discuss the clinical efforts at National Jewish Health in the aftermath of the initial surge, the research undertaken to advance our understanding of the virus towards improved treatments and ultimately, prevention.

Anthony N. Gerber MD, PhD 
Director, Pulmonary Research and COVID-19 Research Initiatives


Asthma Research & Treatment and COVID-19

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Progress made in recent years towards a cure and more effective treatments for the millions who suffer from severe asthma has been unprecedented, and has simultaneously raised new questions. Michael Wechsler, MD, MMSc, and Dr.Max Seibold, PhD, will talk about the advancements at National Jewish Health in the effort to cure severe asthma, some of the exciting ongoing initiatives and the impact of COVID-19 on the disease.

Michael E. Wechsler, MD, MMSc
Director, The Cohen Family Asthma Institute
Max Seibold, PhD
Associate Professor, Center for Genes, Environment & Health


Advancements in Childhood and Adult Allergy Research and Treatment

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Allergies continue to impact the health of millions of children and adults. Flavia Hoyte, MD; Bruce J. Lanser, MD; and Donald Y M Leung, MD, PhD, will discuss the efforts at National Jewish Health in research towards preventing childhood allergies, treatment developments in food allergies and research and treatment of adult allergies and asthma.

Donald Y. M. Leung, PhD, MD
Division Head, Pediatric Allergy & Clinical Immunology
Bruce J. Lanser, MD
Director, Pediatric Food Allergy Program
Flavia Hoyte, MD
Director, Allergy & Clinical Immunology Fellowship


Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and the Impact of COVID-19

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Saving and improving the lives of the millions who suffer from COPD is the goal of the physicians and scientists at National Jewish Health. Leading the largest study in the world, COPDGene ®, we are on track to stop the progression of this fatal disease. Barry J. Make, MD, and Anthony N. Gerber, MD, PhD will share where we are in the process and how the COVID-19 virus impacts COPD patients and their treatment.

Anthony N. Gerber MD, PhD 
Director, Pulmonary Research and
COVID-19 Research Initiatives
Barry Make, MD
Co-Director, COPD Program


Cardiology and the Impact of COVID-19: The Link Between the Heart and Lung

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women and is often a silent killer. Learn why cardiology is critical to patient care at the leading respiratory hospital in the nation and how advances in imaging are improving our ability to accurately diagnose heart disease and improve treatment outcomes. Receive an update on what we know about the acute and lingering impacts of COVID-19 on the heart.

Christopher K. Dyke, MD, FACC
Cardiologist, Division of Cardiology
Associate Professor
Glenn A. Hirsch, MD, MHS, FACC
Chief, Division of Cardiology
Medical Director, Cardiovascular Service Line
Professor of Medicine


Nontuberculous Mycobacteria (NTM), Bronchiectasis and COVID-19: Research and Treatment Update

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Nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM), a non-contagious cousin of tuberculosis, is showing a marked increase in the U.S. population in recent years. Many of these patients also end up developing bronchiectasis, a condition that inhibits the ability to naturally clear mucous and bacteria from the airways and puts individuals at ever-increasing risk of infection. Find out how COVID-19 is impacting these patients and learn about current and future NTM and bronchiectasis research and treatments.

Charles L. Daley, MD
Chief, Division of Mycobacterial & Respiratory Infections
Shannon H. Kasperbauer, MD
Infectious Disease Physician, Division of Mycobacterial & Respiratory Infections
Associate Professor


Autoimmune Diseases, the Impact of COVID-19 and Vaccine Development

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Since the early 1980s when they and others discovered the T-cell receptor, the crucial immune-system element that recognizes foreign substances in the body, National Jewish Health scientists and world-renowned immunologists Drs. Philippa Marrack and John Kappler have continued to make significant contributions to our understanding of disease, leading to better therapies for cancer, allergies and other infections. Find out how their current work is helping us move closer to cures and treatments for immune-related lung diseases including scleroderma and sarcoidosis, as well as type 1 diabetes, lupus, multiple sclerosis and more. They will also give an update on the impact of COVID-19 on autoimmune diseases and the importance of delivering a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine.

John W. Kappler, PhD
Distinguished Professor, Department of Immunology and Genomic Medicine
Philippa Marrack, PhD, FRS
Chair, Department of Immunology and Genomic Medicine
Distinguished Professor


Gastroenterology: The Gut, the Lung and Beyond

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Did you know chronic digestive disease can have an impact on allergies as well as lung and autoimmune disease? Our gastroenterologists lead in the understanding of how digestive-related disorders, including gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), colon polyps and cancer, liver disease and more impact the lungs. Hear about research and treatment in this focus area of National Jewish Health.

Jeffrey B. King, MD 
Chief, Division of Gastroenterology
Medical Director, GI Procedures Unit
Associate Professor


Heart Health: Prevention, Lifestyle and Wellness

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By combining traditional Western medicine with a holistic approach to overall wellness and disease prevention, Dr. Andrew Freeman helps patients achieve exceptional results. He will discuss blending advanced cardiology diagnostics and lifestyle medicine to include a whole food, plant-based diet; regular exercise; mindfulness; and ongoing support for improved health. Dr. Freeman has been nicknamed "The Vegan Cardiologist", for combining lifestyle changes with the latest evidence-based medications.

His clinical interests and expertise are in general cardiology, preventive cardiology, heart failure and cardiomyopathy, diastolic dysfunction (abnormal relaxation of the heart), chest pain and shortness of breath, and heart problems caused by respiratory problems and high blood pressure (hypertension), as well as nutrition and lifestyle medicine.

Andrew M. Freeman, MD, FACC, FACP
Director of Cardiovascular Prevention and Wellness
Director, Clinical Cardiology & Operations
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine

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